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Solid ratings start for GB News

Solid ratings start for GB News
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The launch of new news channel GB News pulls in a peak of over 330,000 viewers.

The launch of new news channel GB News pulled in a peak of over 330,000 viewers last night, according to early figures.

The new station aims to challenge the incumbent news broadcasters with a lineup of debate and opinion-led programming rather than the traditional rolling news format.

GB News launched at 8pm with a special programme, Welcome To GB News, hosted by channel chairman and lead presenter Andrew Neil.

Early ratings figures reveal that it drew a decent average of 262,000 (1.7%) across the hour, peaking with 336,000 a few minutes in.

The first regular show, Tonight Live With Dan Wootton, followed between 9pm and midnight with an average of 152,000 (1.3%) and a peak of 282,000 (1.8%) at 9.59pm.

By contrast, the BBC News channel averaged 139,000 (1.2%) over the same three-hour period, while Sky News had 71,000 (0.6%).

Media Mole's ratings data is supplied by overnights.tv
Note: Figures include VOSDAL figures and viewing on +1 channels where available

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Monday's key events


ATHLETICS
· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

SAILING
· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

FOOTBALL
· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

CYCLING
· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

WEIGHTLIFTING
· Newly-crowned European champion Emily Campbell flies the flag for Great Britain in the women's +87kg, but faces stiff competition for medals from China's Li Wenwen and New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard (11.50am)

HOCKEY
· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

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